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  1. Arun Bakt1's Avatar
    I find it a bit annoying to say Hey Cortana when we could just call her Cortana.
    Anyone agree here?
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    04-22-2017 03:10 PM
  2. davidhk129's Avatar
    Have you tried saying " Cortana" instead of "Hey, Cortana" ??

    I did. And Cortana replies back " That's me".

    That happens on laptop running Insider Preview 16179 and also on laptop running Win 10 ver 1703 OS Build 15063.138.

    cortana-instead-hey-cortana.jpg


    P.S. No, I do not find it annoying to say " Hey Cortana."
    04-22-2017 04:04 PM
  3. xandros9's Avatar
    I think it'd be cooler, especially since in-game or otherwise you have characters talking like "Cortana, _____" but I don't think you can change the hotword. It's an option I'd like that Google doesn't have either.
    libra89 likes this.
    04-22-2017 04:19 PM
  4. davidhk129's Avatar
    I think it'd be cooler, especially since in-game or otherwise you have characters talking like "Cortana, _____" but I don't think you can change the hotword. It's an option I'd like that Google doesn't have either.
    Pardon me.
    Didn't I just replied on post #2 saying I did it and Cortana did reply back ?
    04-22-2017 04:23 PM
  5. Arun Bakt1's Avatar
    Thank you for the response davidhk129. It doesn't work for me. Only responds to Hey Cortana. I am on the build version 1703.
    I agree annoying is too strong a word to describe my feelings. After using Alexa, I am lazy to say hey Cortana..just Cortana would make it even more quick to invoke her to help me.

    xandros9 yes, I get that Cortana assistant would interfere when users playing games where the character Cortana is involved. But I don't play video games that much. It would be nice if MS gives an option to trim the hotword.
    04-22-2017 05:37 PM
  6. davidhk129's Avatar
    Thank you for the response davidhk129. It doesn't work for me
    Strange.
    I just tried it again after reading your reply.
    Cortana still responds to my " Cortana" hailing.

    Hopefully, other members will try it and post back their findings.
    04-22-2017 05:50 PM
  7. mtf1380's Avatar
    Tried it on 950xl, no luck.
    Kot Prada likes this.
    04-22-2017 06:28 PM
  8. davidhk129's Avatar
    Tried it on 950xl, no luck.
    Got a PC ?

    My results are on 2 laptops. ( Post #2 ).
    04-22-2017 06:35 PM
  9. Awhispersecho's Avatar
    Just to let you know that I have my Surface Pro and Lumia 950 XL here and both of them just responded to "Cortana". I did not have to say "Hey Cortana". Of course, this being MS and all, it might not work tomorrow but just wanted to let you know.
    davidhk129 likes this.
    04-22-2017 09:58 PM
  10. davidhk129's Avatar
    Just to let you know that I have my Surface Pro and Lumia 950 XL here and both of them just responded to "Cortana". I did not have to say "Hey Cortana". Of course, this being MS and all, it might not work tomorrow but just wanted to let you know.
    Thank you.

    Just to elaborate further.....

    If I say, as usual, "Hey Cortana", she will reply " Hey there."

    If I say " Cortana", she will reply " That's me".

    In other words, Cortana replies differently with or without the word "Hey".

    Can you confirm that too ?
    04-22-2017 10:09 PM
  11. mtf1380's Avatar
    So, just sat at my desk and woke my desktop and said "Cortana"...nothing.
    Then said "Hey Cortana" and got the Full screen Listening, Hey Cortana screen
    10-20% of the time after wakening Cortana, she would recognize the shortened "Cortana" command with , and "that's me" (also got the "that's me" reply on subsequent "Hey Cortana" commands).

    Got the same behavior from my Surface Pro 3, and Surface Book: after wakening these devices, it took an initial "Hey Cortana" command to awaken her, then "Cortana" command worked about 10% of the time after that.

    I will also mention that Cortana has also come on to the TV occasionally.
    davidhk129 likes this.
    04-23-2017 11:15 AM
  12. davidhk129's Avatar
    So, just sat at my desk and woke my desktop and said "Cortana"...nothing.
    Then said "Hey Cortana" and got the Full screen Listening, Hey Cortana screen
    10-20% of the time after wakening Cortana, she would recognize the shortened "Cortana" command with , and "that's me" (also got the "that's me" reply on subsequent "Hey Cortana" commands).

    Got the same behavior from my Surface Pro 3, and Surface Book: after wakening these devices, it took an initial "Hey Cortana" command to awaken her, then "Cortana" command worked about 10% of the time after that.

    I will also mention that Cortana has also come on to the TV occasionally.
    Thank you.


    My result is slightly different in that I did not have to use the hey Cortana command to "wake her up" first.

    I went straight to "Cortana" and I got the "That's me" reply.
    I had tried numerous time since my first post and it worked 100%.
    Last edited by davidhk129; 04-23-2017 at 11:54 AM.
    04-23-2017 11:34 AM
  13. Drael646464's Avatar
    If I say "Cortana", she pops up and awaits instruction. Build 1703, pro edition.
    dluigirafael likes this.
    04-24-2017 01:53 AM
  14. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    I find it a bit annoying to say Hey Cortana when we could just call her Cortana.
    Anyone agree here?
    I would prefer that but suspect with current technology/price points, it would result in higher costs or more false positives.

    When and if they do that, they should have her respond to "Hey, Cortana" with: "Hay is for horses!".
    04-24-2017 11:24 AM
  15. Awhispersecho's Avatar
    I get the same result with both methods, Cortana opens up and is waiting for me to ask or tell her something
    04-25-2017 06:40 PM
  16. poit57's Avatar
    I find "Hey Cortana" to be inconsistent on my Lumia 950. It only seems to wake up my phone for voice commands about 50% of the time when I use the phrase. This weekend, I was setting up a new Android phone for my mom and installed the Cortana app. I was talking to my mom about the difference between Cortana and Google Assistant, and twice Cortana responded on my phone and started transcribing my conversation into the search text box. I thought that was strange since I had only said "Cortana," not "Hey Cortana."

    Again, the next day, I was talking to my cousin and mentioned Cortana automatically tracking package shipments for some eBay purchases. While I was talking to him, I had my phone out and noticed Cortana had started transcribing my conversation again.
    04-26-2017 04:21 PM
  17. areithropos's Avatar
    Originally posted by poit57
    I find "Hey Cortana" to be inconsistent on my Lumia 950. It only seems to wake up my phone for voice commands about 50% of the time when I use the phrase. This weekend, I was setting up a new Android phone for my mom and installed the Cortana app. I was talking to my mom about the difference between Cortana and Google Assistant, and twice Cortana responded on my phone and started transcribing my conversation into the search text box. I thought that was strange since I had only said "Cortana," not "Hey Cortana."

    Again, the next day, I was talking to my cousin and mentioned Cortana automatically tracking package shipments for some eBay purchases. While I was talking to him, I had my phone out and noticed Cortana had started transcribing my conversation again.
    On my Lumia 950, also XL, I had to start Cortana for the first time manually, afterwards it responds to my voice commands but before the would be a high chance that Cortana does not respond at all, regardless of how hard I try.
    04-29-2017 10:38 AM
  18. Bsakaria's Avatar
    Never tried this thing. Gotta give it a shot.
    06-06-2017 10:05 AM
  19. anthonyng's Avatar
    are you guy using respond to any or respond to my voice options?
    06-06-2017 11:20 AM
  20. Kot Prada's Avatar
    "Cortana" doesn't work on my 950 XL at all. Only "Hey, Cortana"
    06-13-2017 07:36 AM
  21. dov1978's Avatar
    'Hey Cortana' is basically deaf on the 950xl. She responds about 3 times out of 10 and only if the room is quiet and you raise your voice. It's that bad I actually heard her respond on my XBox One in an upstairs bedroom when I was trying to activate it on my 950xl 6 inches from my face on the downstairs sofa.
    Kot Prada likes this.
    06-13-2017 08:00 AM
  22. Kot Prada's Avatar
    'Hey Cortana' is basically deaf on the 950xl. She responds about 3 times out of 10 and only if the room is quiet and you raise your voice. It's that bad I actually heard her respond on my XBox One in an upstairs bedroom when I was trying to activate it on my 950xl 6 inches from my face on the downstairs sofa.
    Same. If it would be on public, screaming "Hey, Cortana" 7 times in a raw definitely will give me all attention among people.
    06-14-2017 09:24 AM
  23. nufailshabandri's Avatar
    Yeah.. Even I think it should be only "Cortana". It feels okay when we say "Hey Cortana" for the first time, but to say it in every command it feels kind of annoying..
    06-15-2017 08:07 AM
  24. Deryan DeDawjee's Avatar
    Microsoft should allow 'Hey Cortana' to work on my Lumia 535 when it is on charge.
    06-15-2017 02:37 PM

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